Argentina’s varied geography includes everything, from rugged deserts to humid forests to long ocean beaches to the high Andes. Argentina’s cultural, artistic and architectural heritage, which draws upon influences from all over the globe, extends from the subtropical north to beautiful Patagonia in south.
Buenos Aires feels more European than Latin America because of its beautiful bars. It also has vibrant arts neighborhoods like La Boca and old-world Recoleta. This vibrant capital city is the ideal place to start exploring. It’s also the best location to learn tango, the most famous of Argentinian dances.
Apart from its many cultural attractions the country’s other major draws, and for some tourists, its greatest appeal, are its natural wonders. These include the stunning Iguazu Falls which is the largest group of waterfalls in the world.
To make sure you find all the best places to visit and things to do, use this handy list of the top attractions in Argentina.
1. Iguazú Falls
The spectacular Iguazu Falls can be found along Argentina’s border from Brazil. Iguazu National Park lies on the Argentinian and Iguacu National Park lies on the Brazilian sides. Protected as an aUNESCO World Heritage SiteThese spectacular waterfalls are undoubtedly the most stunning sights in South America.
These thundering waterfalls can be viewed from a variety of viewing platforms and walkways that are easily accessible.
Iguazu has 150 to 300 individual waterfalls along its three-kilometer border. The number of these falls changes with the seasons. Each one is spectacular and reaches heights between 60 and 82 meters. It’s accessible from Buenos Aires via an international airport in Argentina, and one in Brazil.
2. Perito Moreno Glacier
The tourist hub is the main point of entry to the city.UNESCO World Heritage SitePatagonia’sLos Glaciares National ParkThe small community ofEl CalafateVisitors will find many options for accommodation and other amenities.
Here most tourists join excursions to see the park’s famous glaciers. The most notable is Perito Moreno Glacier which measures 30 kilometers in length and is the third-largest freshwater reserve in the entire world. It’s located just 78km from the town center.
It is named after an 19th-century explorer and takes only two hours to get from El Calafate up to the large visitor center of the glacier. From here, it is a short walk down to the glacier. Ice trekking tours can be booked for anyone who wants to climb the glacier. They range in length from an hour-long walk over the ice formation up to five-hour trips.
3. Recoleta, La Boca, and Tango in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is one of South America’s most charming cities, and it also happens to be the largest. This is where most tourists first see Argentina before traveling on to other tourist destinations like Patagonia.
Smart people will stay and explore the wonderful museums and art galleries in the old colonial buildings scattered across the city’s areas or barrios.
You must visit La Boca in Buenos Aires. It is the most colorful neighborhood in the city and is home to Caminito Street Museum. A charming pedestrian zone and open air museum, it is famous for its brightly painted houses and amusing sculptures.
Fashionable Recoleta is another must-see. It is home to the Recoleta Cemetery. This complex mausoleums contains the remains of famous Argentinians such as Eva (Evita Peron). There are also numerous public gardens and museums, art galleries and cafes.
4. Tierra del Fuego National Park
The Tierra del Fuego National Park covers 156,000 acres and stretches from Beagle Channel all the way to the Chilean Border, northwards to Lago Kami. The park offers trails suitable for all levels of hikers.
The town of Ushuaia is used as a base. Adventurers then head out to the park’s hiking trail or along the coast to discover its stunning scenery. These include everything from high waterfalls to dense forests to mountains to stunning glacier-fed lakes, such as Fagnano, Roca, and Fagnano.
One of the most sought-after routes is Senda Costera. It’s a coastal route to Lake Roca starting from Ensenada Bay and offers a chance of seeing a wide variety of wildlife, including Andean condors.
5. Puerto Madryn and the Valdés Peninsula
Puerto Madryn, one of the most beautiful and protected spots on the Patagonian Coast, is found on the shores off Golfo Nuevo. Built by Welsh settlers, it is one of Argentina’s most popular cruise destinations.
The rugged coastline draws water sports enthusiasts, especially windsurfers who like to defy the strong Patagonian winds. There are many things for nature lovers on the Valdez Peninsula. It is an important nature reserve and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.UNESCO World Heritage SiteFor its diversity of wildlife.
Guided tours of this reserve are highly recommended. Visitors will usually leave with a complete list that includes right whales (here for mating and calving), elephant seals, sea-lions, orcas, and other wildlife. It is also a key breeding ground of migratory shorebirds, especially Magellanic penguins.